Brian Dettmer's book sculptures

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Atlanta-based artist Brian Dettmer creates marvelous sculptures by performing surgery on books. He has a show opening April 3 at Chicago's Packer Schopf Gallery. The gallery kindly sent a few sneak peeks at the new work. Click the images to see them larger. (Thanks, Dominic Paul Moore!)


  1. (and PLEASE, no observations about desecration of books as sacred objects – just the art please)

  2. Ummm… maybe a good idea with a so-so execution.
    Or maybe it’s just a dang fire hazard.
    Could I see the bat on the rocket again?

  3. These are a beautiful display, and done so well that you feel he shows the utmost respect for the published book. Nice work!

  4. A real artist is one who can make something magnificent from a common thing such as an unused book. These are just amazing. These sculptures will fit perfectly in a fantasy movie, methinks.

  5. I don’t know why, but when I look at these I feel ‘funny’…as in funny in my tummy and in my girly parts…like a sense of longing mixed in with squeamishness.

  6. Since I just finished reading If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, I’m thinking the artist may have come across that particular book, too . . .

  7. The link provided by post #8 perfectly portrays the essence of Brian Dettmer’s creations via great detailed shots.

    Absolutely breath taking work Brian Dettmer!

    Brian’s artistry captures the magic, beauty, and mystery of written words and the pictorial representations of such books, encyclopedias, etc. and mixes it all together in a dream-like fashion.

    If I was fortunate enough to be an author of some written form of expression – I would be honored to have my work reinterpreted in such a clever way.

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